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Slavs and Tatars are equal parts artist project and publishing concern, its goal being to explore the mutual and multicultural influences of ancient and contemporary Eurasia. A serious task, given the long arm of history, the frustrating level of geo-political discourse today, the uncertainty of tomorrow's borders. But you won't find anything approaching moral didacticism here. A sharp wit and no-nonsense attitude are their weapons of choice.
Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that could've, would've, should've. Eds. Slavs and Tatars. Muslim periodical Molla Nasreddin (1906-30) was read widely in the Caucasus region, covering topics ranging from religious dogma, politics and hypocrisy, modernity and democracy, Western colonialism, women and Islam - topics that remain startlingly misunderstood and still hotly debated today. Incredibly detailed satirical cartoons and illustrations accompanied the texts; Slavs and Tatars have curated a selection of the most penetrating elements in this volume, the first available in English. 9.5" x 11", 208 pages. $38.